Gold Rush: The West

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Before 1848, only a few thousand non-native people lived in the West. But a tiny nugget of gold, no bigger than a dime, discovered on January 24, 1848, would change America's history forever. Drawing on rich source material, this book tells the compelling story of those who left everything behind for the chance to strike it rich. Photos.

Illustrates the event which drew thousands of people to California and its effect on the gold seekers, the Spanish settlers, and ...

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Overview

Before 1848, only a few thousand non-native people lived in the West. But a tiny nugget of gold, no bigger than a dime, discovered on January 24, 1848, would change America's history forever. Drawing on rich source material, this book tells the compelling story of those who left everything behind for the chance to strike it rich. Photos.

Illustrates the event which drew thousands of people to California and its effect on the gold seekers, the Spanish settlers, and the native Indian tribes who lived there.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Part of a three-book series, this is a spin-off of the PBS television series, "The West." The first volume gives an overview of the history of the westward movement, from the conquistadors to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and then through the period of the California Gold Rush and later nineteenth-century homesteading. The Gold Rush expands upon several chapters in the first book. The events and individuals spotlighted were obviously selected for their potential interest to the largest range of children (a number of Native Americans, one Mormon multiple wife, and several black entrepreneurs are included.) The black and white photos throughout are well chosen and well reproduced.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpThese three books, based on the PBS series, could essentially be incorporated into one volume. Prior knowledge of the West and its history may be helpful; however, the material is so well presented and illustrated (chiefly with archival photographs and reproductions) that novices, scholars, or browsers can dip in anywhere and emerge with useful impressions and/or information. While some of the same ground is covered in a multitude of titles, the presentation is fresh and greatly enlivened by the visuals that appear on every page. For example, The West includes a shot of the copper smelter in Butte, MT, and the statement that surrounding hills were stripped of trees for fuel to fire the furnacesthis happened in many of the mining towns. In addition, coverage is not limited to the famous folks usually written about; instead, photo coverage is given to real people of various ethnic groups. These volumes are a real achievement; they are sure to inform, entertain, and invite further investigation on the subject.George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316490474
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 118
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.97 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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